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Motocross Minimizes Risks with Concussion Management Program

AMA Pro Racing is utilizing a comprehensive concussion management program for its professional motocross athletes.

Its partner in the effort is the Asterisk Mobile Medical Center (AMMC), which received a grant from Shoei Safety Helmet Corporation and the support of MX Sports Pro Racing to conduct ImPACT® (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) baselines for all competitors.

Paul R. Reiman, M.D., Medical Advisor for the AMMC Concussion program, along with Eddie Casillas, ATC, Program Coordinator, are overseeing the concussion evaluation and treatment process.

Riders with a suspected concussion will be evaluated at the event, and if a concussion is confirmed, the rider will be referred to a concussion specialist in their area for care and follow-up testing until results have returned to baseline. The rider will then undergo an exertion stress test and if all three components are met – physician evaluation, examination after exercise, and an ImPACT test that returns to baseline – the rider will be released to riding. All riders must have a final evaluation, by the Chief Medical Officer of the event, at the AMCC prior to returning to competition.

 

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Association Partners with Foundation to Adopt Concussion Prevention and Awareness Program for School Event

It has become all about awareness. Fifty years ago, a concussion was a brain bruise. Give it a few days and it’ll heal. Certainly any lingering effects were brushed off by the general public with, “those headaches are normal…they’ll go away. Don’t worry!”

Times have changed. If only it were just a few headaches that go away, leaving no lasting damage.

This year’s theme for National Neurosurgery Awareness Week, April 15-21, 2012, is Make Concussion Awareness a Part of Your Playbook. In conjunction with this week is the American Association of Neurological Surgeons’ (AANS’) Annual Scientific Meeting.

AANS has partnered with the ThinkFirst Foundation for Kids Safety Day at the Feinberg Fisher School in Miami to support a special head injury prevention and helmet fitting event. Some 100 students, from pre-school to eighth grade, are to receive bike helmets along with special instruction for their proper usage.

As part of its continuing education program, AANS has developed a PowerPoint presentation entitled, “Concussion and Sports: Useful prevention and treatment information for your community fromAmerica’s neurosurgeons.” AANA members can use this PowerPoint when talking to any community organization, school, or coaches’ group, as examples.

In addition, AANS has updated its Web site, www.AANS.org, regarding concussion and sports-related head injury, so that visitors and media have access to current news and stats.

As one of this country’s older medical associations, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, founded in 1931 as the Harvey Cushing Society, is a scientific and educational association with more than 8,400 members worldwide.

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